Terpsichore Dance Company of Montana is made of grit and iron,of passing bodies and bare feet, of chills and electricity, of heartbeats, tears and of tributes.
This amazing collective of dancers perform just once a year, a show that takes more than six months to prepare. Founder and main choreographer Ricki Feeley estimated Terpsichore’s annual show, which took place March 5 at the Babcock Theatre, was a culmination of more than 700 hours of rehearsal time.
The enormity of scale that these dancers undertake is phenomenal. In each dance phrase, they encapsulate grace with backbone. They are resolute in their movements, a feeling I was hardly able to capture in photo, but none-the-less, here are some images from the performance.
For more on Terpsichore and their process, check out my interview with Feeley: Trust on Display
Though not her first time to Montana, Brandi Carlile made her first in Billings appearance at the Babcock Theatre in early October. The sultry folk singer has been selling out performances across the country, and she drew followers from as far as far as Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
“For some reason we tend to make it out to Montana,” Carlile said, noting the groups visits to Missoula and Bozeman. “It hasn’t always been as beautiful as the Babcock Theatre,” she continued. “We’ve played places like Duke’s Chowder House…We opened for Hanson before we got signed!”
Touring to promote her newest album, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, Carlile didn’t hold back fan favorites, and threw in a few covers including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.”
“It was a tough time for Patsy back then,” Carlile said, discussing how she and her mother have argued over who was more badass: Patsy Cline or Tammy Wynette. “When this song came out, (Patsy) was saving to buy a refrigerator. I think of that whenever I play this song.”
Carlile’s country roots crackled across the Babcock Theatre, her voice at times otherworldly, her fans dedicated and loyal, giving her a standing ovation from the first song on, clapping along whenever she clasped her palms together. Catch Brandi’s new record on her website, www.brandicarlile.com.